Category Archives: Historical

Mini Update: Clan War Samurai reignited painting hobby

I can attribute my more recent return (in earnest) to painting miniatures to these two models. Along with a few others (cough!) they languished for quite some time with a bare undercoat. A few years ago I picked them up and decided to give them a go.

Whilst I did not ‘finish’ them at the time, they did spark off a proper return to miniature painting for me. New paints and brushes were purchased and a renewed interest in the hobby followed.

It was only a couple of months ago that I picked them up again with the intention of completing them. Done.

Clan Wars AEG Minitures 28mm Samurai Oriental FantasyClan Wars AEG Minitures 28mm Samurai Oriental Fantasy

I’m not sure if this guys face is meant to be a mask or not – someone who knows far more about Samurai armour will tell me if I’m wrong having painted it as an ‘ugly, angry’ face. Continue reading Mini Update: Clan War Samurai reignited painting hobby

More Terrain Mat experiments, Prang and Desert Felt…eh?

Warning – image heavy post here. Illustrating a few things here (but kinda got snap-happy on this post to be honest).

In the pics below:

Terrain Mat (Flag Material)
Following the success of some Vinyl Terrain Mat printing via PixartPrinting, a subsequent sale came along for printed Flag Fabric. This made me think of what I’d read about Cigar Box cloth mats and some others that manufacturers were starting to produce.

Well, I had various art files floating around and thought I’d take a punt as it was only a few pounds to get these printed and shipped from Italy. The desert terrain mat in the pictures below are one of the ‘mats’.

Terrain mat flag material felt fields 15mm Prang vs Rogue Star Motley Crew of Spacefarers and TroublemakersI’ll maybe do a longer post about this in due course should I take pics of the other two “Flags” (one was Heroic Maps Frost Ruins and the other a larger town layout based of Dave Graffam art) but in brief, here are the conclusions;

  • cheap
  • light-weight, perhaps too light, but light enough that hills etc can be placed with some effect underneath
  • slightly transparent, which also means a loss in vibrancy of colour and saturation
  • as you can see from some of the closer images, there is a pattern to the fabric but to be honest, this is not really visible in situ and not really a deal breaker for me

Over all – a bit mixed. Not as overwhelming successful as the vinyl mats but certainly usable.

The Prang make an appearance
I had promised photos of these guys to Gavin at 15mm.co.uk/Ion Age sometime ago. They’ve been done for a while but not photographed. These are not the ‘mini’ photos – they were handy while messing with the table – but they featured quite effectively I think in this desert environment. Proper pics to follow GBS, and Eli, promise. I think they turned out quite well. Continue reading More Terrain Mat experiments, Prang and Desert Felt…eh?

Mini Update: “Northern” loose ends and a trip down memory lane

Like all in the hobby I remain a Magpie and flit from one project to the next (not necessarily having completed the first!). And some projects will simply know no end – such is my interest in things ‘Northern’. I use the term loosely and apply it such in both historical and fantasy terms. It can include Vikings, Norse Dwarves, Dark Age Saxons or anything with a furry cloak and warm gloves for that matter.

Here are a few ‘larger-scale-than-usual’ little paint jobs I’ve completed. No coherent connection between them except for the ‘Northern’ label described above.

This must be one of my favorite minis at the moment – this is a Rackham Confrontation/Cadwallon “Mercenary Officer” miniature I bought off eBay a while back now painted up. He will probably be a Captain for a Frostgrave warband (if Slaine doesn’t stand in) or a general for my little Saga force (I do not ‘care’ that he is not ‘Frankish’).

Rackham Cadwallon Mercenary Officer 28mm Miniature Continue reading Mini Update: “Northern” loose ends and a trip down memory lane

Drawn to the Dark: 15mm Two Dragons and SLM Dark Age

Not sure what it is that keeps drawing me back to painting and buying Dark Age miniatures – I’ve plenty – enough for several armies. But I keep coming back for more…

Amongst a recent Splintered Light Miniatures order were a pack of Late Anglo Saxon characters. Some were ‘Norman’ enough that I assembled them alongside some loose Normans to make a unit (which included some Two Dragons’ Normans). This led to me digging out some further Two Dragons Normans I’d painted years ago but never properly finished off. So now I did.

Roll on the Dark Ages.

15mm Splintered Light Dark Age Saxons

15mm Splintered Light Dark Age Saxons

15mm Two Dragons Dark Age Normans

Those About to Die: 15mm Gladiators

This is one of those pipe-dream-projects that has actually taken a step forward! I’ve always been interested in the ‘Gladiator’ thing and quite interested in playing games based around the arena.

I picked up some rules a while back from 2 Hour Wargames – Red Sand Black Moon – Fantasy Gladiatorial Combat then the historical (original?) version Red Sand Blue Sky. Skimmed through but never played – typical scenario.

Anyway, nothing was ever going to happen without some little men so I picked up a set from Rebel Minis and followed them up with a host from Museum Miniatures when I deemed ‘4’ did not offer enough choice. 15mm of course.

15mm Gladiators Arena Rex warriors Rebel Minis Museum Miniatures
15mm Gladiators from Rebel Minis

Now these Gladiators are not comparable to the likes seen with the new Arena Rex which are very impressive. But, not wanting to sound tight (I’m not, really), this gives you nearly thirty Gladiators for less than the price of 1 Arena Rex miniature. I like the Rebel Minis ones quite a lot. The Museum Miniatures are a bit of a mixed bag – some okay, some meh, some bleh. But then, if you don’t love your mini, you don’t mind when they die in the arena!

Various ‘arena’ ideas and stalled terrain projects have yet to produce a definitive playing area for the games themselves. But that will come.

Here are the Museum Gladiators – pack of 24 with 12 sculpts for £7.50 (duplicates not painted and not included).

15mm Gladiators Arena Rex warriors Rebel Minis Museum Miniatures
15mm Gladiators from Museum Miniatures
15mm Gladiators Arena Rex warriors Rebel Minis Museum Miniatures
15mm Gladiators from Museum Miniatures
15mm Gladiators Arena Rex warriors Rebel Minis Museum Miniatures
15mm Gladiators from Museum Miniatures

And here is one of the many Fantasy Gladiators  from Splintered Light Miniatures.

Splintered Light 15mm Reptilian Gladiator Splintered Light 15mm Reptilian Gladiator

Mini Update: Blue Moon rising in 18mm

US based Blue Moon Manufacturing do quite a fun range of minis. 18mm, but not so large that they don’t play well with ‘generous” 15s.

From The Three Musketeers range – The Highwayman.

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A rather shady fellow – though that blood red walking cane is a bit of a give away. From the Horror Range.  Purchased at the same time as this fellow vampire – that’s how long he’s been sitting on the shelf (which is still positively nothing compared to some…).

18mm Blue Moon horror vampire 18mm Blue Moon horror vampire